10 people — including three children — were killed in a house fire in Pennsylvania, state police say

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The victims ranged in age from 5 to 79 years old. According to authorities.

Nescopeck is located approximately 95 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Authorities responded to the scene of the two-story home fire just before 3 a.m. Friday, according to an open information report from state police. Three adults escaped safely, while 10 victims died inside.

“Firefighters attempted bravely to enter the back house but were repelled by the fire and heat,” State Police Lt. Derek Felsman said at a Friday morning news conference.

The victims were identified by state police as Dale Baker, 19; Star Baker, 22; David Daubert Sr., 79; Brian Daubert, 42; Shannon Daubert, 45; Laura ยท Daubert, 47; and Marian Slusser, 54. The three children killed were identified as two boys, a 5-year-old and a 6-year-old, a girl and a 7-year-old.

“We are using assets from multiple departments to ensure a thorough and complete investigation of this deadly fire,” Felsman said. State Police said the house was “completely destroyed” by the fire.

Asked if authorities were conducting a criminal investigation into the blaze, Felsman replied: “There is an ongoing fire investigation.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce told CNN.

“If firefighters determine that the cause was intentional and arson, we will open a criminal investigation into the arson,” he said.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said he was “heartbroken” at the loss of his life.

“Our prayers are with their loved ones,” the governor said wrote on Twitter. “Thanks to the many first responders who rushed to the scene.”

The American Red Cross said it is meeting the needs of people displaced by the fires through financial support and other services, including mental health resources for those affected and first responders.

“As this situation continues to evolve, we are committed to the Nescopeck community and will coordinate with local and county officials to provide our support and programs to help those affected by this tragedy,” said American Red Cross Greater Pennsylvania District told CNN in a statement.

CNN’s Liam Reilly contributed to this report.

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